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    Plan Your Epic PCS #RoadTrip!


    Leaving Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia for Naval Base San Diego, California, our military family set out on a PCS adventure. Beginning with the busy transit route of I-40, I'm sharing the notes we gathered for sites to see on our cross-country journey. 

    If you have a PCS across the U.S. coming up, why not turn it into an epic road trip and see a sight or two along the way? Use the following information to help plan your own side excursions. 

    Hang on tight while we take a whirlwind tour from coast to coast. #RoadTrip!

    1) Asheville, North Carolina



    Nearest Military Installation: Charlotte Air National Guard


    The Biltmore Estate

    With 250 rooms, this historic mansion and its expansive terrace remain as captivating today as George Vanderbilt’s vision in 1895.

    Blue Ridge Mountains of the Appalachian Range

    Perfect for explorers to stretch their legs, the Buck Spring Trail off the Blue Ridge Parkway leads to the remains of a Vanderbilt hunting lodge and panoramic views from Mount Pisgah.

    2) Knoxville, Tennessee



    Nearest Military InstallationMcGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base


    Ober Gatlinburg

    Savor stunning views of the Great Smoky Mountains from the soaring heights of a tram ride at this popular amusement park.


    Tap you toes to bluegrass tunes as you tour the attractions of this vibrant East Tennessee theme park.

    3) Nashville, Tennessee



    Nearest Military Installations: 

    Fort Campbell, Kentucky

    Arnold Air Force Base, Tennessee


    The Grand Ole Opry

    A true gem in Music City, live performances at this legendary theater have delighted country music fans since 1925.

    Country Music Hall of Fame

    This museum highlights notable names in country and bluegrass music and hosts community music classes, programs, and events.

    4) Memphis, Tennessee



    Nearest Military Installations:

    Naval Support Activity Mid South

    Tennessee National Guard


    Peabody Hotel

    A tradition since the 1930’s, watch the famous Peabody Ducks march through this historic hotel.


    After visiting Sun Studio downtown, music fans can slip on blue suede shoes and tour the 13+ acre estate of Elvis Presley.

    5) Little Rock, Arkansas



    Nearest Military Installations:

    Pine Bluff Arsenal

    Camp Robinson

    Little Rock Air Force Base


    Hot Springs National Park and Bathhouse Row Historic District

    From the stained glass of the ceiling to the spring pump room on the lowest level, the Fordyce Bathhouse tour gives visitors a glimpse of an early 1900’s spa resort.

    William J. Clinton Presidential Library

    With a replica of the White House Cabinet Room, museum goers can have a seat at the conference table and learn presidential facts from touch-screen displays.

    As this journey west continues, the route changes from I-40 to I-30 and leads into the Lone Star State.

    6) Dallas, Texas



    Nearest Military Installation: Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) Headquarters

    Attraction: The 6th Floor Museum

    This downtown Dallas museum celebrates the life and legacy of President John F. Kennedy near the location of his death.

    7) Fort Worth, Texas



    Nearest Military Installation: Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base

    Attraction: Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District

    Follow a herd of longhorns along the rustic brick streets to a dance hall, rodeo arena, and mercantiles and saloons.

    Now on I-20, the pleasing scents of the yellow roses of Texas lead us further on.

    8) Abilene, Texas



    Nearest Military Installation: Dyess Air Force Base

    Attraction: Frontier Texas! Museum

    Travelers can learn a few things about the Wild West while continuing to trek through the Southern Plains.

    9) Pecos, Texas



    Nearest Military Installation: Goodfellow Air Force Base

    Attraction: West of the Pecos Museum

    At this restored 19th century hotel and saloon, listen to lore about cowboys, the Old West, and the birthplace of Texas rodeo.

    On the road again, we are now trucking along I-10...

    10) El Paso, Texas



    Nearest Military Installation: Fort Bliss

    Attraction: Scenic Drive and Overlook

    No Instagram filter needed when stopping by this picture-perfect viewpoint of El Paso and nearby Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.

    11) Las Cruces, New Mexico



    Nearest Military Installations:

    Holloman Air Force Base

    White Sands Missile Range

    Attraction: White Sands National Monument

    White sand. Blue sky. Bright sunshine. Well worth a side trip to see the limitless vista of stunning white gypsum sand dunes.

    12) Tucson, Arizona



    Nearest Military Installations:

    Fort Huachuca

    Davis-Monthan Air Force Base

    Attraction: Pima Air and Space Museum

    To cover the most ground, hop on a bus to tour the 80+ acres of this “Boneyard” aircraft storage museum.

    Now on I-8, our travels continue through the Sonoran Desert.

    13) Yuma, Arizona



    Nearest Military Installations: 

    Marine Corps Air Station Yuma

    Yuma Proving Ground

    Attraction: Bridge to Nowhere and Tiny Church

    If driving through the wide open desert has a weary traveler feeling like they’re going nowhere, this elaborate bridge that leads to nothing will confirm their perception! To refocus their thoughts, a desert nomad can stop in at the 8-foot x 11-foot tiny church nearby.

    14) Ocotillo, California



    Nearest Military Installation: Naval Air Facility El Centro

    Attraction: Desert View Tower

    Old school roadside attraction with an observation tower for unobstructed views of the desert landscape of the Imperial Valley.

    Sound the trumpets! We've finally arrived at Naval Base San Diego, CA! After dropping anchor at the Navy Gateway Inn, we set out to see the homes from our MilitaryByOwner property search lists. Don't miss the wealth of information on the MilitaryByOwner's website as you plan and prepare for your upcoming military move.

    Click below for more fun stops along I-40!

    Fun Stops along Interstate 40

    Mary Ann Eckberg


    Mary Ann Eckberg

    Originally from Nebraska, Mary Ann Eckberg is a writer, a dreamer, an animal rescue softie, a laundry ninja, a football fanatic, and a cupcake connoisseur. Honored to be a military spouse, Mary Ann collects good friends and good memories at every assignment.

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